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Kassy Tayler's Steampunk Heroine Escapes From The Dome

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Kassy Tayler's dystopian steampunk series gives readers a look inside a post-global warming world where society exists inside a protective underground enclosure known as "the dome." When teen heroine Wren's friend successfuly escapes the dome, Wren is curious about what life outside her safe enclosure holds. With series second, the RT Top Pick! rated Shadows of Glass, releasing tomorrow, we asked the author to reflect upon the theme of escape in YA and what getting out of the dome means for Wren.

Even though I have not read the book, I have to admit I am very excited about the new TV series by Stephen King, The Dome because I want to see how they manage to escape it in the end. In my new Young Adult series, escape from a dome is foremost on my heroine’s mind. Especially when she finds out that she’s been lied to her entire life and that her entire society has been lied to for the past 200 years. 


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Forever New Adult: Jessica Sorensen's The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're finishing off the week with Jessica Sorensen's The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, the continuing story of a boy in trouble and the girl desperate to save him. 


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Forever New Adult: Courtney Cole's If You Leave

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. Today we bring you Courtney Cole's If You Leave, the story of an ex-Army Ranger burdened by PTSD and a young woman with family troubles who find comfort in each other. 


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Cover Chat: Lauren Oliver's Panic

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

She captivated us with Before I Fall and pulled our heartstrings again and again with the Delirium trilogy; her middle grade novels have enchanted young readers, and she has become one of the most powerful and respected writers in the industry. Now with Panic, bestselling author and RT favorite Lauren Oliver is set to take readers on yet another whirlwind adventure, one where a dangerous competition of fear and bravery can lead to a life-changing payoff. While the book won’t be out until next March, HarperCollins gave readers something to tide them over until then — the cover!

But before we take a look, let’s see what this book is all about ...

Heather never thought she’d participate in Panic, the legendary competition graduating seniors in her town play. But when she realizes she has something — someone — to fight for, she’ll find herself in the thick of action. She’s not the only one with a reason to play, though, and everyone, including Dodge, who has never been afraid of the game, has secrets that fuel their desire to win. In the midst of this high-stakes game, Heather and Dodge will discover first love, forge unexpected alliances and learn that sometimes fear can lead to strength.

Alright, onto the cover!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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ThrillerFest Asks If Young Adult Novels Are Meant For Adults

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

The lines between Young Adult and adult literature can be blurry, making it hard to distinguish audiences. But engaging characters and dramatic plots often results in books that everyone — no matter age — can enjoy. Still, the question remains: are teen novels meant for adults? ThillerFest authors tackled this question at this year’s conference. Author of the Goosebumps books R.L. Stine hosted the panel and we’re excited to share some highlights from this rousing conversation. 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
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Forever New Adult: Rachel Van Dyken's Elite

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. Today we bring you Rachel Van Dyken's Elite, the story of a girl who gets into a top tier college, where she must navigate the school's upper crust, known as The Elect, while falling for a completely inappropriate guy named Nixon. 


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Forever New Adult: Nyrae Dawn's Façade

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're continuing the fun with Nyrae Dawn's Façade, the story of a young woman who sets out to right her father's wrongs, only to find comfort in the arms of a misunderstood playboy.


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Forever New Adult: J.A. Redmerski's The Edge Of Never

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20 angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're kicking things off with J.A. Redmerski's tale of a girl who gambles with her future to forget her past, The Edge of Never.


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Spies, Lies And Teen Romance

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

There is nothing quite like the thrill and chase of a good spy novel and solving the story’s complex mysteries. With the recent release of Talia Vance’s Spies and Prejudice and the ever-growing love for Elizabeth Wein’s critically acclaimed Code Name Verity, Young Adult enthusiasts are looking for more titles to satisfy their need to sleuth. To help with that search, we’ve compiled a list of exciting YA reads that will keep you up all night trying to crack the case!


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Author Q&A: Keary Taylor and Her Cybernetic World

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week, we shared some of our favorite self-published authors in our article on the rise of self-publishing. One of the authors we spotlighted was Keary Taylor, the inventive writer behind the Fall of Angels series and, most recently, the Eden Trilogy, a Young Adult dystopian series. Set in a world where a cybernetic technology has taken over the human race, the series started earlier this year with The Bane and continues with The Human. Taylor’s journey to publication hasn’t been easy, but it has most definitely been rewarding. Today, the author discusses her writing experiences, the inspiration behind her bestselling Eden Trilogy and provides insightful advice for writers looking to self-publish.

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Can you describe how your experience in self-publishing has been so far? Have there been any particular challenges and what's the most important thing you've learned?


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Young Adult
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